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12th Primetime Emmy Awards

12th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateJune 20, 1960
LocationNBC Studios, Burbank, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byFred Astaire
Most awardsThe Jack Benny Show
The Moon and Sixpence (2)
Most nominationsStartime (5)
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of HumorThe Art Carney Special
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of DramaPlayhouse 90
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of VarietyFabulous Fifties
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's ProgrammingThe Huckleberry Hound Show
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Public ServiceThe Twentieth Century
Television/radio coverage
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The 12th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 12th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on June 20, 1960, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the NBC Studios, in Burbank, California. It was hosted by Fred Astaire. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The ceremony's format was a sharp contrast to the previous year's. Several Acting categories were either combined or simply removed, and nearly every category had only three nominees, as opposed to the traditional five or six. Due to the relatively small crop of categories, no show received more than two major awards. The NBC anthology Startime received the most major nominations with five.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1]


Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Public Affairs and Education
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of News


Lead performances

Lead performances
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead or Support)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead or Support)

Single performances

Single performances
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support)
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress (Lead or Support)




Outstanding Writing Achievement in the Documentary Field

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network Number of
CBS 32
NBC 17
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Startime Drama NBC 5
Father Knows Best Comedy CBS 3
The Jack Benny Show
The Moon and Sixpence Drama NBC
Playhouse 90 CBS
CBS Reports Documentary/Public Affairs 2
The Danny Thomas Show Comedy
DuPont Show of the Month Drama
The Red Skelton Show Comedy
The Twentieth Century Documentary/Public Affairs
The Untouchables Drama ABC

Most major awards

Networks[note 1]
Network Number of
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network Number of
The Jack Benny Show Comedy CBS 2
The Moon and Sixpence Drama NBC
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


  1. ^ " list of 1960 Nominees & Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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